Administrative Staff

Laura Embrey

Pedagogical Chair

Laura Embrey has decades of experience in Waldorf classrooms – in independent Waldorf schools and public Waldorf-inspired schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Education from the University of California Berkeley. She received her Waldorf teaching credential from Rudolf Steiner College. Ms. Embrey's abiding interest in human development has led her to become an expert teacher for children in preschool through high school. It has also sparked her deep interest in form drawing, a subject unique to Waldorf education, which she sees as one of the many amazing instruments given to Waldorf teachers and all human beings to help us manifest who we truly are.

 Ms. Embrey joined Camellia in 2017.

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Sidonie Ospina

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Sidonie Ospina has held a number of administrative positions at Camellia, always learning new skills and taking on new responsibilities. This led to her developing a passion for admissions, enrollment and outreach and she has worked in this capacity at Camellia since 2017.

A skilled artist, Ms. Ospina earned a certificate from the Art Students League of New York, where she studied painting, drawing, etching and ceramics. Before coming to Camellia, she worked as an in-house artist at the textile company, Fortuny, in New York and as a production manager for the same company in Venice, Italy.


Ms. Ospina has been a Camellia parent for more than 8 years. She joined the Camellia administration staff in 2014.

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Janna Nygren

Operations & Front Desk Manager

Janna Nygren has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Hawaii Manoa and has formally studied early childhood education. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with children of all ages and has been a preschool teacher, special education classroom aide, and mentoring program coordinator. Ms. Nygren has also worked with non profit organizations as a program coordinator and grant writer. Her passion for working with children paired with her administrative skills have made her well suited to the many responsibilities of her position at Camellia.


Ms. Nygren has been a Camellia parent for more than 10 years and is delighted to be of service to the community. She joined the Camellia administration staff in 2016.

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Amanda Scott

Business Manager

Amanda Scott brings passion and enthusiasm to the business side of Camellia. She has a background in office management, payroll, and human resources. After working in other industries, Ms. Scott discovered Waldorf pedagogy in her search for holistic education options for her children. Her first experience in Waldorf schools was working for a public Waldorf charter school in the Sacramento area.

Ms. Scott is a parent at Camellia.

Ms. Scott joined the Camellia administration staff in 2018.

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Jenny Woods

Social Media Specialist & Front Desk Receptionist

Jenny Woods considers Camellia her second home and brings a bright smile and “can-do” attitude to the front desk. She has a great deal of nonprofit experience that includes fundraising, grant writing and event planning. She’s also well versed in the ever-changing world of social media. A Sacramento native, Ms. Woods has an associates' degree in social science from Sacramento City College. She has also formally studied early childhood education and women’s studies at California State University Sacramento. Ms. Woods loves being a mom and when not at Camellia or with her family, she paints, sews and reads.


Ms. Woods is a Camellia parent and alumni parent. She joined the Camellia administration staff in 2019.

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For more information on our staff, we invite you to get in touch.

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